A day of remembrance

Remembrance Day service in front of the Fernie courthouse honoured veterans and their sacrifice.

Fernie Army Cadets Corp. at the cenotaph during the Remembrance Day service observing veterans' sacrifices.

Veterans and their sacrifices were remembered today at the cenotaph in front of the Fernie courthouse. A parade organized by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #36 Fernie (RCL) marched from the Legion to the cenotaph for a public service honouring veterans who have served in many wars around the world.

“It’s an observance of sacrifices and celebrating our freedom that cost veterans’ so much,” said RCL President Terry Rimmer.

The service began with students of The Fernie Academy singing the American and Canadian national anthems. The colour party lowered their flags to the sound of “The Last Post” followed by two minutes of silence. The flags were raised again to the sound of Reveille followed by the Piper’s Lament played by piper Mike Scott.

The Legion Padre, Reverend Trevor Freeman read a passage of scripture followed by a prayer.

This year RCL was honoured to have Silver Cross Mother, Beverly Skaalrud, place the first wreath in memory of her son, Pte. Braun Scott Woodfield, who lost his life in Afghanistan.

Mike Sosnowski laid the federal government wreath on behalf of MP David Wilks Columbia–Kootenay and the Regional District of East Kootenay. Gloria Perry laid the provincial government wreath on behalf of East Kootenay MLA Bill Bennett. Mayor Mary Giuliano laid a wreath for the City of Fernie.

Keith Kurschenka laid a wreath on behalf of soldiers in Afghanistan.  RCL Branch #36 Fernie President Terry Rimmer and Ladies Auxiliary President Bev Mandel laid wreaths. Wreaths were placed for the Navy, Korean veterans, Foreign Service, RCMP, BC Ambulance Service, plus professional and volunteer fire rescue services. The Ghostriders hockey team also placed numerous wreaths for businesses.

The parade marched back to the Legion where an Ecumenical (non denominational) service followed in the Legion hall.

Closely associated with Remembrance Day is the poppy campaign, which is a fundraiser for local veterans.

“We need to acknowledge the hard work of Chairman Marilyn Bruschetta, Assistant Chairman Sheila Marshall, Isabel Tesak, the Fernie Army Cadets Corp. and the many other volunteers,” said RCL President Rimmer.

 

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